7 Amazing Artists You Should Follow

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One of the coolest parts of attending college is getting exposed to some of the most creative up and coming artistic talent out there. Whether your school has a huge museum dedicated to its students and alumni or a quad where the painters and drawers come for inspiration, following these up-and-coming artists on social media will provide you with a daily shot of inspiration.

 

1. Torey Thornton

Only 25 years old, the relatively recent graduate of The Cooper Union makes for the perfect introduction to art for those interested in learning about modern works. From Ren and Stimpy characters to bits of cityscapes, you can see how imaginative and otherworldly art can be when done by the right eye. Follow Torey Thornton’s show with the hashtag #ToreyThornton on Instagram or keep track of his growing portfolio (and listing of shows) on his own page.

 

2. Daniel Ashram

Thornton isn’t the only new artist The Cooper Union has produced recently. Following Daniel Ashram on Instagram is like getting a museum-quality viewpoint of the world. Just don’t expect to see too much color in his photos or art. Despite being colorblind, he manages to make black and white feel so inspiring.

 

3. Valerie Keane

Sculpted art doesn’t just have to be about broken noses on ancient Greek heads. Valerie Keane’s, a graduate of California College of Arts, work with acrylic, ropes, wires, metal, and more keep your attention and make you look again and again. Luckily, her Tumblr page is curated with pictures of both her finished work and projects in process.

 

4. Annie Lapin

Yale and UCLA produced a mash-up we call all get behind. Annie Lapin’s work at surface level appears to be just another abstract painting, but the floating movements of her figures and the muted colors make it that much more. She’s certainly someone to follow from gallery to gallery around the world and in the US, but you can check out her process on Instagram.

 

5. Devin Farrand

If you are more attracted to metal and chrome, Devin Farrand is for you. His 3-D Arts Degree from Eastern Oregon University has helped him create a portfolio of work reminiscent of his time working on cars with his father. Raw and edgy with a heart for all things familiar, he’s certainly one to keep track of.

 

6. Brian Donnelly

School of Visual Arts has produced some amazing modern art painters and designers, but none have really caught our eyes on social media like Brian Donnelly. Donnelly’s Instagram is a mix of his current work (vibrant, colorful, comical) along with everyday beauty like a freshly made snowman. Sometimes it’s great to see the man behind the curtain, especially when looking for motivation and inspiration.

 

7. Matt Muirhead

Though he actually attended the University of Toledo early on during his career, Matt Muirhead is truthfully a student of the world. While he may have missed out on the whole formal education part, his art doesn’t show any skill or personality lacking. Breath-takingly beautiful in both color choices, subjects, and themes (he’s also a luthier– making his own, unique instruments), his craft is displayed on his personal Instagram.

3 Reasons to Follow Your Dream School’s Social Media

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Prospective students near and far — as one of the students helping to run my college’s social media, this is my open letter to you about the crucial importance and significance of following your dream school’s social media accounts!

In an age when social media are taking over not only our leisure time and businesses, but also the way colleges market themselves, social media has proved itself an invaluable tool for prospective students. Here’s why.

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1.) There’s only so much the website can tell you.

The official school website will be a great tool in informing you about the hard facts- classes, majors, extra-curricular activities and programs, sports, etc. However, the school’s Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, blogs etc. will provide an inside look into student life on campus that no other platform can.

2.) Tours and Open Houses only last so long.

Tours and Open Houses are invaluable experiences that I highly recommend every prospective student take part in at least once or twice. You get to experience campus and make connections with other prospective and current students, which is amazing. However, this interaction only lasts so long and eventually comes to an end. Social media, on the other hand, will provide you with anywhere from weekly to daily accounts of student life- from social to academic to extra-curricular to athletic aspects.

3.) Contact with current students is direct and immediate from off-campus.

While many campus tour guides may hand out contact information or business cards, as may a professor you spoke with at an academic fair, social media provides another tool for quick, easy, direct interaction with current students from off-campus.

 

Happy networking!

How do you find ways to interact with your dream school?

5 Ways to Kill the Instagram Game This Fall

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With the change of seasons, social media introduces an opportunity for new themes, aesthetics, and inspirations — especially on Instagram! Whether you’re going on a hayride, visiting a haunted house, or just lounging on campus with a mug of hot cider in hand, autumn offers ample opportunities for great photos. Make sure you’re keeping up this fall season with these key tips.

1.) Cool down your filters!

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All those bright, colorful filters were great for summer. Now it’s time to change things up for fall with some cooler-toned, more mellow filters.

2.) Utilize cute fall-wear!

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If you just happen to be wearing your boyfriend-fit flannel and perfectly worn boots, it might not be a bad day to snap a cute fall themed pic.

3.) Photograph your favorite fall treats!

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Breaking out your baking skills with some apple pies, pumpkin spice cookies or any other fall-esque goodies? Add a fall flair- like this crust adventure I went on over the summer, or maybe a decorative mini pumpkin off to the side- and snap that fall-icious pic!

4.) Play with foliage!

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Here, I am quite literally playing with foliage. It’s the most beautiful time of the year, and the most easily photographed for a perfect Insta!

5.) Document your favorite fall activities!

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Going apple picking? Planning a stroll through the pumpkin patch or local corn maze? Bring your camera and get ‘gramming!

What have been some of your favorite ways to get creative on Instagram this fall?

 

10 Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow in College

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Here at OCM, we are having a love affair with all things Instagram. We really enjoy following top Instagram users who are full of life goals. Here are 10 Instagram accounts you absolutely need to follow while you’re in college to give you inspiration, motivation, and an extra bit of following fun.

1. @Yogagirl

One part inspiration and motivation for life, and one part yoga and healthy lifestyles — with a dash of travel and style — Yogagirl’s Instagram account has been making us jealous for years now. Her easy-breezy beach living mixed with her calm personality is something we strive for.

2. @TheGoodQuote

You probably know the standard inspirational quotes, but there’s something about @TheGoodQuotes’ modern take that will get you motivated. Their account provides something for everyone — so much so that you’ll want to keep these quotes close.

3. @HumansofNY

By now, you’ve probably heard of Humans of New York, but in case you’re new, here’s the story: a local New Yorker travels the city interviewing regular people you’d normally just pass right by. From travelers to street performers, homeless people to politicians, this Instagram account is far more than just pictures.

4. @Sacrasm_only

For those who love a particular brand of dry, irreverent humor, eCards (known as Sarcasm_only) is for you. Passive, biting, and altogether hilarious, you’ll be sharing these little nuggets of quotes to all your friends. And if anything, they’ll get you through a particularly rough day of classes.

5. @Expertvagabond

Do you dream of traveling the world or have a heart for all things wanderlust? Then you’ll probably fall in love with Matthew Karsten’s travel photography through his account, Expertvagabond. Full of beautifully shot photos from places around the world you can only dream of visiting yourself, it will motivate you to chase your travel goals.

6. @Anna_Dello_Russo

If you’re into hashtags, you probably already know there’s an endless supply of #OOTD looks to base your closet on. But if you’re not following Vogue Japan’s fashion editor Anna Dello Russo, you’re missing out on the latest and greatest in street style from across the world. It’s edgy, modern, and totally fun.

7. @IspyDIY

We are huge fans of DIY we can do in our dorms, and that’s why we are followers of Jenni Radosevich’s crafty and highly styled account and blog, ISpyDIY. Full of tons of inspiration you can incorporate in your room from desk organizing to watercolor mugs, you’ll want to come back for more and more.

8. @Ivfitness

If you need a quick workout but no time to get to the gym or are new to exercising but are not sure where to start, former track and field star Idalis Velazquez has the solutions for you. Posting short workout videos full of routines and tips, you’ll get your daily dose of sweat without having to guess at what to do.

9. @OCMDotCom

Okay, we are a bit biased over here at OCM, but our Instagram is an awesome place to keep up with what’s new and hot in all things dorm living. With awesome shots of room styles and little, hidden decor gems, we’re happy to share our favorite finds for our followers.

10. Your (Future) College

Many colleges are a little bit late to getting to the Instagram game, but following their feeds are well worth it. If you’re a current student, you’ll keep up with what’s going on around campus (and may spy yourself in a shot or two). If you’re a future student, you can get a good look at what college life is like at your dream school with beautiful shots of trees, older buildings, and students being students.

Four Steps to Detach from Social Media

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How many hours do you spend on social media each day? Is it one hour, or even more? Sites like Facebook and Instagram suck us in until the point we think they are essential to living. Truth is, when we become addicted, our social media time actually does more harm than good. If you’re ready to beat the odds and find life outside your Tumblr page, here’s how you can begin detaching from social media.

 

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Step 1: Make it Harder to Access

Your phone and computer are the biggest reasons why you are addicted. But as a college student, it’s not like you can cut tech out of your life completely. However, limiting your access to social media may work.

 

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Start by deleting your social media apps from your phone. Next, take your bookmarks off your computer. Finally, set up blockers on your computer that limit your access. For example, use a distraction-free program that makes you complete a task before you can get on your social media accounts.

Step 2: Announce it Publically

No one likes a flashy goodbye, but you can still use social media to be accountable for yourself. If you make your goals public, you are more likely to want to live up to your word. For example, post a status such as, “Giving up social media for the next two days. If you see me on here, ask me why!”

 

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For sites like Instagram or Pinterest, post pictures that let people how long you’re going to be gone. We’ve provided a graphic you can use to let your social circles know about your social vacation. Either way, stick to your word! To get you started, the post above works best for Facebook, but you can post this to your Twitter as a “pinned tweet” or for your social media profile pictures across any channels you use.

Step 3: Find a New Routine

So much of us is tied to the time and reason for using social media. For example, you probably wake up and go straight for your Facebook messages or send out a Tweet about a party you’re at. It’s become a routine for you to be online at these certain points of your day.

 

In order to be successful at detaching, you need to break out of your schedule. Start your day with your phone far from you (or the apps on a child lockdown). Get a new morning tradition that you enjoy, such as reading a chapter of a book or heading to the gym. If you go on social media when you’re bored, start carrying around a book that you can read instead, or reach out and make a call to your parents. Making your time productive reduces your need to mindlessly scroll through your timeline.

 

Step 4: Cut it Out of Social Situations

Do you have your Facebook page open when you’re out to eat with friends? Are you constantly taking selfies while at a party or even on vacation? It’s time to put the phone down, take a look around, and find reasons to enjoy life without social media.

 

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One of the best things you can do is to ask your friends to go along with your plans. Have a phone-free dinner where the first person to check their phone pays the bill. Or, you can use your Spring Break as a way to completely turn off broadcasting your life for the week. They’ll love reconnecting with you as much as you’ll love reconnecting with your offline life.  

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Tips & Tricks: the Winter Instagram Lull

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I’ll be the first to admit that I take a little hit in the Insta-inspiration (Insta-spiration??) department when the winter months roll around. No more are those awesome summer sunsets, cute beach outfits, sun-soaked selfies, or constant scenic documentation of (the much more frequent) outdoor adventures. Nope. Now it’s cold and dreary. You’re holed up inside, or worse, you’re outside with all that used-to-be summer cuteness smothered in layers. So what’s there to ‘gram?!

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Thankfully, there are options to keep those creative juices flowing on Instagram through these trying times. Take note below!!

Take advantage of your snowy locations!

Scenic shots aren’t just for beach days. Out for a day on the slopes? Taking a stroll through a winter wonderland? Get ‘gramming!!

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Get creative in the kitchen!

I’ve been really into cooking and baking lately, and of course, I’ve been even more into eating lately. Take advantage of all those goodies, homemade or at your favorite restaurant, with a winning pic.

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Get indoorsy!

There’s plenty of indoor scenery to be taken advantage of. Keep your eyes open for the beauty in everything (whether or not there’s actually a fire in the fireplace).

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Well there you have it- there’s no need to limit your photo-ops through the winter hiatus.

Good luck; I can’t wait to see those posts!!

How Social Media Can Prepare You for College

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Sure, you may have “liked” your college’s Facebook page or followed the student newspaper’s Twitter feed—but that is just the first step! Your favorite social media pages, such as Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr, are the perfect places to prepare for what lies ahead. Here are five ways that pinning, following, and posting will help you prepare for your first year.

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1.   Get Safety Alerts First

Most colleges have learned that students turn to social media pages first for the latest information. This is especially true whenever there is a safety issue or concern such as a campus emergency. To accommodate their student’s needs, universities have created social media accounts for their campus alert system. These Facebook and Twitter pages are updated regularly and can provide a quick update on what is going on in and around your dorm room and campus.

2.   Learn About a Professor

Want to know more about your future professors than just what their bios say? Take to social media! Many professors (especially younger ones) have their own social media pages where they may talk about their insights on teaching. This will give you an idea of their humor, personality, and likes/dislikes. They may also share and post articles and research they find interesting. Study the writing style and quality as these posts can give you valuable hints to composing the perfect mid-term paper or research!

3.   Hear it from Alumni

Recent graduates have a lot to say about their former school, and they may share it on places like Facebook and Instagram. Check out pictures of their former dorm rooms as inspiration, take note of off-campus hangouts that they’ve “liked,” or browse their posts for info on classes and events to watch out for. You can even use alumni connections to reach out and network for jobs and internships.

4.   Connect with New Friends

After freshman orientation, you’ll be inundated with names and faces that you’re going to want to remember. Instead of the old school method of writing down phone numbers, ask them about their social media profiles. It’s much easier than connecting over the internet than awkwardly exchanging text messages after briefly meeting. Their profiles will also help you gain insight into bits of their personality and interests. You can also find other familiar and friendly faces on their profile that you may have met during these introductory events.

5.   Design a Dorm Room

Pinterest is one of the most beloved apps used by college students, and for good reason. With so many nifty and creative ideas floating around, you can design a look for your dorm room that is both stylish, affordable, and totally personalized. Other sites to stir inspiration include All My Faves, Dribble, and SpringPad.

Social media isn’t just there for your posts and likes. Use it to prepare for both living on campus, starting your major, and meeting your peers and professors. With so much to do and explore, social media may be your key to getting to know your school and new world as a college student.

Will you be using social media to help you prepare for school? Let us know!

5 Steps to Clean Up Your Online Image

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In today’s digital world, your online presence often says more about you than a resume, interview, or even references ever could. Everything from photos you’ve posted on social media to comments you’ve made on blog posts can potentially follow you to your job interview. To ensure you put your best foot forward and are presenting yourself as you would like, follow these five steps. Sometimes, we all need to check up on our online image and even clean up some damaging aspects of it!

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1.   Google Yourself

Though it may seem almost self-centered, doing a search for your name on Google can lead to interesting results. You may find a letter you sent in to a newspaper editor while you were in high school, a photo of you from a school dance, announcements from sport teams you were a part of —most of these are likely positive! Alternatively, you could even find your name attached to reviews on sites like Amazon and Yelp, as well as your old social media profiles. Taking all this in account, you’d be surprised at how much information about you is floating around out there!

Check out the first five pages of the search. If the pages are all positive (or neutral) from a professional standpoint, you probably won’t have much to do. If the pages are less than professional (i.e. they use salty language or sarcasm inappropriate for a work environment), you will want to clean them up. It is also possible that your name is rather common; in this case, it’s highly unlikely that Google results will be an issue for you. However, to be safe, add one or two key search terms, such as the university you attended or your hometown; this will give you a better picture of what might come up in a hiring manager’s searching.

2.   Decide What Profiles Are Important to You

If the first search results lead primarily to your various profiles on social media sites, consider the value of these pages. If you have a profile or blog you haven’t used in years, you most likely can delete it in order to avoid looking immature, young, or inexperienced. Logging in and closing the accounts that feature more questionable posts and photos can pay off in the end.

3.   Edit the Content

Sometimes deleting is not as option, as there are some profiles you won’t want to give up entirely. In such cases, have an older friend or family member look at your page for the first time as an outsider. If he or she is shocked by anything, you will likely want to rethink letting those pages stay untouched.

When self-editing, consider who will view what you write. Posts about being bored at work or in classes are the types to avoid. In addition, consider anything that might be deemed “controversial.” If you think two or more people who might be offended or turned off by it, consider getting rid of it altogether, and rethink any future posts of a similar ilk.

4.   Set Up Privacy Settings and Approval Notices

Not everyone believes in the same level of self-censorship, particularly on social networks that are more personal, like Facebook. In such cases, ensure you have enabled the highest privacy settings you can. This allows you to present a positive overall image to those who might try to access your profiles while keeping your personal life and interests separate.

Keep in mind, though, that your friends also contribute to your online image. If you have friends who routinely post obscene language or pictures to your page, let them know you’re trying to clean up your image for a job. If that doesn’t curb their offensiveness, consider employing approval notices that will let you control what gets posted and what doesn’t.

5.   Build Up the Good

Many students start professional accounts on sites like LinkedIn or Twitter that are meant to lead searchers to the more desirable content, and can even be a resume enhancer. If you have not yet built and shared on these profiles, start now! Some ideas are to Tweet about a conference you have attended, Instagram shots of your job-friendly hobbies, or create Pinterest boards about your job search. It will give off the appearance that you are not only diverse in your endeavors, but that you are focused on becoming a leader in your field.

By setting up your Internet trail to lead only to what you want to convey, you can reinvent yourself. Follow the simple rules of deleting, editing, and creating to clean up your online image and leave a positive impression on searchers. Have you changed anything about your online profile? What tips do you have for everyone else?

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Social Media and College Life

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This week, I want to talk about social media and college life. I know many of you might be tired of hearing about this, about the dos and don’ts and things like that. This is different, I assure you.

I don’t know about you, but practically everyone has some form of social media presence today, usually in the form of a Facebook or Twitter. If you don’t, it’s time to pick up the pace! Social media is a great way to connect with your colleagues, but it can also be helpful in your future career. That being said, I have some tips for you and your future social media endeavors.

  1. Create a LinkedIn account. Think Facebook, only more professional and less dramatic. Having a LinkedIn page is like posting an online resume for everyone to see. You can update it whenever you want, which is crucial for when you get a new job or an internship in your field of choice.
  2. Start blogging. Blogging has so many benefits to it. First of all, what you write is published, whether for yourself, your followers, or just the general public on behalf of an organization. That’s great for the writing hopefuls out there to put into their portfolios. In addition, blogging can act like an online journal. I have two personal blogs myself, and that’s what I consider them. They’re for me to express myself and not be judged really. Overall, blogging allows for expressions of creativity, which every needs more of in their lives.
  3. Create a free website at Wix.com. This isn’t exactly social media, but it is extremely helpful when applying for internships and jobs. I have one myself, and I included the link on my Internships.com resume. It’s a great way of getting your name out there, and a great place to create an online portfolio.
  4. Make sure there’s nothing incriminating on your profiles. I go through my Facebook several times just to make sure everything is appropriate. I also have my profile set to private. I can be searched, but unless someone is my friend, they can’t see my photographs or statuses. Google yourself with your first and last name in quotation marks and make sure everything you’re tagged in is appropriate.
  5. Social media can be fun, but don’t let it distract you. I learned that the hard way. In the spring semester of my freshman year, I was too focused on keeping up my social media and I got lower grades as a result. Social media is a great stress reliever, but don’t let it run your life.

These tips should help you with social media and college life. People offered me the same advice, and didn’t listen. Who really does? It takes growing up and going through those lessons to make one realize that they should’ve taken the advice. Hopefully, this will improve your social media imprint. Happy socializing!

Formatting Facebook for College Admission Process

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It used to be that social media sites such as Myspace, Xanga and Facebook were outlets people used to be social and interact for fun. Now, sites such as these are placed under a magnifying glass and are thoroughly dissected for employment and college admission. Today, the rule is to not post content on your social media sites that could negatively impact your online presence in any way. Why is this important to your college admission process? Because now, more than ever, Facebook is a one way ticket for anyone looking to get the ‘Big Scoop’ on Y-O-U. This means that college admission counselors may just be raking through your social media page with a fine tooth comb before sending that thick acceptance letter or thin sheet of rejection. Maybe there’s more you need to clean up besides just your college admission essay.

In recent news, potential employees have been denied positions or even removed from their current jobs because of things posted or said on their social media outlets. This is no different for college admission personnel denying acceptance to a student based off of their social media presence. In a survey taken by Loreal Lynch from Schools.Com, reports show that 80% of colleges visit their potential applicant’s social media sites (such as Facebook) to see if they “make the cut” for the admission process. Facebook, a viral social media networking site, has been a viral explosion to those everywhere.. and, well if you aren’t on it, that deems you a house under a rock in the middle of nowhere. Everyone and everybody has set their pace on Facebook, ranging from even grandparents across country who wish to connect with their grandchildren from afar. College admission “investigators” take this idea into consideration, and scour the internet in search of a quick peek at their applicant in question.

The survey also shows that the top three main outlets admission recruiters look for when checking out the 411 on a new applicant is Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. If your tweets aren’t private or protected and you’re spewing your favorite lyrics from a catchy rap song, you may want to re-think what you’re throwing up there. YOU may know that they’re lyrics, but will everyone else? For Facebook, you should always keep in mind that people of all ages and from all generations are now leveraging the outlet for more than just social interaction. Businesses are taking advantage of the highly populated network strategies to market their goods and services; offering coupons and deals to their “likers” only. This drives traffic and unites everyone to the site. Family members are joining in thousands everyday as a way to connect with family around the world. Old classmates are connecting as a “virtual high school reunion” of sorts and staying up to date with what’s going on in their new, adult lives.

If this news is worrisome to you, try switching it around and using your social media efforts as a way to ‘WOW’ recruiters and not scare them away. If you want to find a few cool ways to turn your social media efforts into resume boosters check out this blog we wrote a few weeks back with ideas on how to do so. Also remember to keep the things you would like to keep private, private. Only display the basics on Facebook and keep the personal things either off or protected. As for Twitter, either protect your tweets or keep it clean… you never know who could be retweeting or viewing your daily thoughts. For Youtube, turn this into a chance to be an entrepreneur and start doing reviews or blogs! Maybe you’ll find a niche in college advice to new freshman coming on campus.

If you’re interested in checking out more information about the study from Schools.com, click here to view the infographic and read more!